Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Change in special schedule for the week

Quick Note:

This week the art teachers will be out for a conference during our normal special time on Thursday. Because of this we will now have an additional day of Gym on Thursday so please make sure your students bring in or wear sneakers to school that day. Our special schedule is as follows (for this week only):

 Monday: Gym
Tuesday: Gym
Wednesday: Music
Thursday: Gym
Friday: Library

Thursday, May 10, 2012

They Arrived!!

After releasing the Butterflies last week the students were sad to let them go. So I got a Ladybug Land for them from Insect Lore. What is great about the Ladybug land is that students can watch the whole life cycle of a ladybug! They can see the eggs turn into the Larva, the Larva turn into the pupa, and the pupa turn into the ladybugs!

Well today the ladybug land kit arrived at school!

The larva were sent inside a test tube with some food that looked like sand. We had to follow the instructions and put the contents of the test tube into the ladybug terrarium.

Here is a picture of what our larva look like on Day 1!

We have 8 ladybug larva so far, we named them Phineas, Ferb, Juju-Bee, Lizzy, Hailey, Yoda, Jose, and Olivia. We are so excited to see our ladybugs grow!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Writing Our Own Story

To continue on with our reading of 'There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell' we made our own books today. There were two different pages students could complete, I passed them out to students and with the help of Mr. Matt, a parent volunteer, we were able to fill in the blanks to create our own story. Once finished all of our papers were combined to create a class book! Here are some pictures of the work some students completed.
Old Lady Examples

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Mother's Day

This week we have been working on our mother's day projects! In the class we made mother's day pictures that the students really enjoyed making. To complete the project first students colored the picture of the kid and added scenery to the picture.

Then they wrote a sentence to their mom on the line. It was exciting because students wanted to write it on their own without any help!

Finally I cut out pictures of my students and glued them on the student's picture. Next I matted them on pink card stock. These projects came out great! Below are some pictures of the student's work, I put big googly eyes on them  just to cover their faces. Don't worry they were not sent home with the googley eyes!

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Mothers Day

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell

This month the featured book in the monthly newsletter was 'There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell'. Throughout the year we have been working on sequencing. On Monday of this week the students sequenced the events from the story on a sentence strip. The students did an AWESOME job putting the events in order! Here are some pictures of the project.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Caterpillars and Butterflies

This month a student and her family brought in a pink lady butterfly project for us to do in class. It was very exciting because she brought in a small cup, inside the cup were caterpillars! Over the next two weeks we watched the caterpillars grow until they were really long and fat. After that we watched them make a chrysalis! Over the next week we watched them very closely being very careful not to move them. Then this past Monday one butterfly came out of it's cocoon! Then on Tuesday 3 butterflies came out of their cocoons. The last butterfly came out on Wednesday and all the kids were very excited that all five of our caterpillars became butterflies. Over the course of the week Ms. Williamson fed the butterflies sugar water so that they had something to eat. Then today we released them behind our school! It was very exciting and we enjoyed every moment of it! Thank you to the Truban family for providing us with this cool science experiment!